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Monday, December 01 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014  
       Greetings to all. We got home early this morning from a week long vacation in Florida with part of our family, thankful to God for taking and bringing us back safely, and to you for the prayers lifted on our behalf. Our drive back was more hectic and took much longer than we had expected due to several highway traffic jams in Louisiana. It was especially difficult in the last leg of our trip since we were still out on the road into the early hours of the morning. I guarantee you one thing, our prayers were a little bit more urgent at that time. Speaking for myself, I was extremely thankful to the Lord for the much needed extra light he provided out on the highway. I’ve always had a hard time driving at night, even when I was young, so one of my silent prayers to God was for some extra light to guide me. Not only did the Lord answer my prayer quickly, it was very obvious to me when and how He did it.
       Once we passed Houston, there were not too many cars on the road and I had a hard time seeing the white lines which divide the lanes. When another car passed me, its as if the Lord said, “Follow that car and stay close to it.” When I did, I quickly realized that it was lighting up the road and making it much easier for me to see the dividing lines. As that driver unsuspectingly guided our way, I thought of the many people in life who unknowingly have been guiding lights to others. Many of us generally take such people for granted. May God help us to be more mindful and more appreciative of folks like these. I stayed close to that car till it took an exit about 60 miles from San Antonio and then I thought, “Now what?” Immediately I noticed the moon came out of the clouds directly above us. The way it was positioned, it was if we were driving straight to it. Well, that light stayed with us until we arrived safely at home.
       Once safely at home, I thought about the reality of David’s words in the Psalms regarding the light of the Lord. I now had a new perspective of Psalm 119:105 which says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I had been afraid when I drove past Houston but once we were home, I remembered David’s words in Psalm 27:1, The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” I felt then like bopping myself in the forehead like the V8 commercial and telling myself, “I should have trusted the Lord from the start and not have been afraid.” Hopefully, I’ll keep it in mind the next time I find myself in a similar situation. If you are going through a situation that has worried or has filled your heart with anxiety, I pray you will keep these divine promises in mind.
Memory Verse for the week: (Psalm 18:28)  “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 04:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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